Economic sanctions are not specific weapons and their parallel damage can be far-reaching.
The English Premier League squad Chelsea FC, which is currently owned by Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich (although it is for sale), has been frozen by the UK government as Abramovich’s assets. Additionally, according to ESPN, a heavy list of bans and regulations against the Blues has been stacked, including the following:
- Chelsea will not be able to sell any home match tickets, although season tickets and other tickets purchased before March 10 will be valid. This means Chelsea matches will not have any fans for a game that has not yet been sold.
- The club can pay the salaries of all players and staff.
- Travel costs are limited to a maximum of £ 20,000 for away games.
- Home games cost up to ,000 500,000 per game for safety, catering and stewardship.
- Transfers and loans agreed before 10 March can still be paid from other clubs.
- Broadcasters can show Chelsea games and provide revenue, but these funds must be frozen.
- Third parties who have the club’s merchandise may sell existing stock, but the proceeds cannot be passed on to the club.
In addition, Chelsea are currently unable to negotiate any contract extensions with the players, which could be the most damaging blow for the club. The three indomitable men of the team who laid the foundation for their recent success – Antonio Rudigar, Andreas Christensen and captain Cesar Azpilicueta – will all have their contracts expired.
To make matters worse, Chelsea are reviewing their contract with the uniform sponsor Three Club, which is set to expire in 2023.
All of this is happening because, according to the UK government, Abramovich Ivraj holds significant stock in a Russian steel company called PLC, which has been potentially supplying Russia’s aggression in Ukraine:
“Evraz PLC is involved in providing financial services, or the availability of funds, financial resources, products or technologies that could destabilize Ukraine or undermine or threaten Ukraine’s territorial integrity, sovereignty or independence – including potential steel supplies to the Russian military. It could be used to build tanks, “the UK government said in a statement.
So basically, a soccer team had nothing to do with Abramovich’s potential shady business dealings or conditions in Russia. This raises the question: how serious is the effort to hold Putin and his friends to account and what is the general culture of rejection?
In this particular case, none of the Chelsea organization has supported the war or supported Russia’s actions, and yet everyone in Chelsea’s camp is suffering the consequences – directly to the fans.
We cannot wipe out people and deprive them of their livelihood by doing something to others. An unfortunate consequence of the culture-canceling mentality is that people may suffer for something they had no part in. If we continue to embrace this thinking, more and more people will suffer unjustly and their lives will change drastically.